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Monthly Archives: September 2017
Jabari Jumps is written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall. The book is about a young African American boy, Jabari, who has just passed his swimming lessons and is ready to tackle the next big hurdle: the diving board. He comes to his dad confidently that he will jump off of the diving board today. When […] Continue reading
Corduroy is a timeless book about a little bear who wants to be taken home. It was written and illustrated by Don Freeman and was published in 1968. Corduroy is a little bear that waited day and night for someone to take him home. He felt unwanted because no one seemed to want him. Until… […] Continue reading
In a post 9/11 America, which is all I’ve ever known, I am paranoid. When I enter public spaces like movie theaters or airports, there’s always an irrational fear in the back of my head that something is going to go wrong. This fear was undoubtedly placed there by terrorists, so they are clearly succeeding […] Continue reading
What would you give up to feel safer? If it were possible, people should give up the existence of the United States. The US has been at war for 214 years out of a possible 235 years since its inception. (Donias, 2011). During this time, the US has been the cause of many atrocities abroad. […] Continue reading
This question posed at the Newseum is a very important one in the world we live in today. Indeed, ever since 9/11 the amount of government surveillance has increased exponentially, threatening our privacy in all aspects of our lives. The formation of the USA PATRIOT Act gave the government the surveil its citizens in the […] Continue reading
With an even mix of pro-security and pro-privacy statements, this display reminds me of how half-and-half the country is on the privacy versus security debate which always intrigues me. No matter where or when the question is asked excluding the aftermaths of a few terrorist attacks, people always seem to be divided evenly between both […] Continue reading
The Happy Day, by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Marc Simont, is a Caldecott Honor recipient from 1950. It is a simple story about animals in a forest during the wintertime, slowly coming out of their hibernations, waking up to springtime. At the beginning of the story, the field mice, bears, little snails, squirrels and […] Continue reading
The display in the Newseum asks what people would give up for security. The results are exactly as you would expect. Some people make arguments for pro privacy and there are others for pro security. There is no clear cut answer to this question. One person summed up all the answers in a nutshell by […] Continue reading
The responses on the display varied from milder ones like “some privacy” and “as much as necessary” to stronger ones like “give up privacy for security”. This sort of a spectrum of responses is typically to be expected when it comes to this debate, since the notion of security and surveillance have always been […] Continue reading
The display demonstrated that most people would settle for a balance of privacy and safety, which is understandable as I feel most people lie somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. However, the Ben Franklin quote really caught my eye because he would not have lived in a time of data-mining, internet surveillance, etc. so […] Continue reading